Dog-sitting is the Worst Thing Ever

Dog-sitting is the Worst Thing Ever

Joe GransingerWednesday,5 March 2014

The Snap:

Out of the kindness of my heart — and for $100 — I decided to help my sister and watch her dog for the week while she’s on vacation. I agreed to stay at her house with a “14-year old sweetheart” of a dog, but what I actually got was an old, untamed beast that does whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and will only poop on carpet.

The Download:

Dog-sitting will always be a lose-lose situation. If everything goes well, great, you managed to keep a dog alive for a week. Congratulations. But if something goes wrong, the dog’s owner is gonna be pissed — whether they admit it or not — even if it was out of your control.

I’ve always considered myself a ‘dog person’ in the past, and I was actually looking into getting one of my own, until this week, when everything changed.

And the main reason is simple: dogs are fucking stressful.

I’ve been trying to get rid of stress in my life for a long time now, and this week was a serious step backwards. I can’t remember the last time I had an entire week be this frustrating, and I cannot wait to get back to my normal life.

I’m sure most dogs behave a lot better than the hell-hound I’ve been babysitting, but I also think that dogs are stressful no matter what. Even a good dog.

One of the most annoying aspects of watching her dog was that I never knew what to expect when I got home from work. So far, I’ve encountered ripped-up carpet, chewed on shoes, a broken kennel, and a nice steamy turd on the floor. Honestly, I don’t think I could keep this up for another week.

I will never understand how this dog is too weak to walk up stairs on his own, but then bend metal bars to break out of his kennel when I’m gone.

Moral of the story: Don’t ask someone to watch your dog while you’re busy getting day-drunk in the Bahamas, because you’re going to make their life a living hell.


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